As the year draws to a close, Scuderia Ferrari has announced that it will be hanging onto Charles Leclerc for another 5 years. This news doesn’t come as a surprise as the Monegasque delivered an incredible performance in his first season with Maranello team. Even his avid supporters, who’d seen Charles excel in his career leading up to 2019, were surprised at how he was able to deal with the pressures at the front of the field and hit the ground running.
In the announcement, Leclerc stated, “This past season, driving for the most illustrious team in Formula 1 has been a dream year for me.
I cannot wait to enjoy an even deeper relationship with the team after what has been an intense and exciting 2019. I’m keen to see what the future holds and I can’t wait to get going again next season.”
Team Principal Mattia Binotto added: “With each passing race this year, our wish to extend our contract with Charles became ever more self-evident and the decision means he will now be with us for the next five seasons. It demonstrates that Charles and the Scuderia have a firm future together. Charles has been part of our family since 2016 and we are more than proud of the results we are achieving with our Academy. We are therefore very pleased to be able to announce that he will be with us for many years to come and I’m sure that together, we will write many new pages in the history of the Prancing Horse.”
Charles Leclerc finished fourth in the Formula 1 driver’s standings for the 2019 season ahead of former world champion and teammate, Sebastian Vettel. In his debut year with Ferrari, Leclerc became the Italian team’s youngest-ever polesitter(Bahrain) as well as the youngest-ever winner(Belgium). The 22-year old scored a total of two wins, ten podiums and seven pole positions – the most for a single driver in 2019. Yet, the most memorable moment for Charles from 2019 will be the win at Monza, Ferrari’s first win at home since 2010.
Ferrari had already announced that their 2020 lineup will remain the same but Vettel’s seat for 2021 is not confirmed. Leclerc will have a big role to play in the development of the 2020 car as well as the new-gen 2021 Formula 1 car. It will be interesting to see if the No.16 Ferrari and No.33 Red Bull will take the challenge to the No.44 Silver Arrow in the next season itself.
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